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|1. Only Shallow|
|4. To Here Knows When|
|5. When You Sleep|
|6. I Only Said|
|7. Come In Alone|
|9. Blown A Wish|
|10. What You Want|
Formed in Dublin in 1984, My Bloody Valentine quickly moved from the C86 shambling indie template that had dominated that period. It took a slight shift in personnel and a contract with Creation. Within a week, the band recorded their landmark EP, You Made Me Realise, which nudged them more into the realm of the likes of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth. Soon, giddy journos were gabbling on about sonic cathedrals and getting generally quite excited.
Within that year came the band's first 'proper' album, Isn't Anything. Shards of noise, underwater guitars and vague lyrics all combined with a certain disorientating charm. As if that wasn't accomplishment enough, three years later via drama (it nearly bankrupted Creation), delays and added expectation came Loveless. It was the album that would lift MBV into the pantheon of the greats and in a perfect universe would be battling it out between Pet Sounds and OK Computer in the greatest-album-ever-made polls.
Despite urban myth surrounding the recording - they were recording in a tent covered in duvets, they'd gotten into hip hop, all the band went mad to varying degrees - it still sounds incredible. Washes of guitars and noise overwhelm what 'songs' were actually beneath them. Having tasted the Top 41 with the staggering Soon, they released what even Brian Eno then considered the: ''most vaguest song ever'' in To Here Knows When. Creation thought the band were joking when they first heard it; sounding like someone had taped it on a wonky cassette player. In the context of Loveless, it makes sense, like one long bleary dream with almost symphonic levels of noise.
Now, the band are back and playing across the world, giving a new generation of ears a risk of tinnitus. There's talk of a new album. For the meantime, get this magnificent masterpiece and play very very loud indeed. --Ian Wade
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Fuzzy guitar and vocals, no idea what they're on about but it sounds good.Published 12 hours ago by Blade
Hands down one of the greatest albums of all time. Defined an entire genre, and Kevin Shields should literally produce every album.Published 2 months ago by brian
OK so music reviewers always compare new releases to older 'standards' to see how good they are. For example guitarists compared to Hendrix or Page (Zeppelin). Read morePublished 3 months ago by oz
I think I liked it more when I first heard it. And I'm not convinced I needed two copies of the same album, but hey one for the completeists.Published 5 months ago by Aud I O Phile
I bought this album for my big sister as a Christmas present as she's into shoegaze music and I am as well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by HipsterSithGuy